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January 15, 1996


Another member of Kansas University's football recruiting class of 1996 has enrolled at KU later than planned.

Quincy Roe, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound defensive back from St. Louis, started school at KU on Monday after spending first semester at St. Louis Community College.

Another member of the '96 class, Los Angeles quarterback Akili Roberson, also started school at KU on Monday. Both plan to participate in spring drills.

"I finally got here," Roe said. "Last semester, I was sick. I tried to keep track of the guys on TV, but I was sick not playing. Their season wasn't all that great. I just hope I can contribute some."

A 1996 graduate of Hazelwood East High -- the same school that produced Jayhawks Ronnie Ward and Michael Allen -- Roe couldn't enroll at KU last fall because he lacked a core course in math, which he successfully completed last semester at St. Louis CC.

He was at home when he heard that the KU coach who recruited him -- Glen Mason -- had packed for Minnesota.

"We tried to get a hold of him," Roe said. "I was a little upset. He and coach (Mitch) Browning didn't give me any sort of notice. They just packed up and left town. I was upset. But I guess they did what they had to do."

Because he did not enroll at KU last fall, Roe was not obligated to fulfill his letter of intent. Kansas State, his other finalist in the recruiting sweepstakes last fall, kept in touch.

"Coach (Mike) Stoops from K-State kept calling me," Roe said. "He was pushing to pick me up, since Chris Canty and Joe Gordon are leaving there. But I decided this is where I wanted to be -- so here I am."

Roe was a first-team all-league, all-district and all-metro selection as a senior at Hazelwood East, and he was a second-team all-stater. A three-year letterman in football and baseball, Roe led the St. Louis metropolitan area with 11 interceptions as a junior, and he had five as a senior.

Roe met new KU coach Terry Allen on Sunday, when Allen addressed the team for the first time.

"He's a nice guy, and he's got a good staff," Roe said. "I heard they were players' coaches, and they are. Plus, everybody now has a clean slate. I'm the new kid on the block. I've got a lot to prove."

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